Analysis

Please find below the most recent in-depth analysis pieces from CriticalThreats.org.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 25
By Alexis Knutsen, February 25, 2015

Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who resigned as Yemen’s president on January 22, rescinded his resignation and appears to be establishing an alternative government in Aden. The al Houthis continue to control Yemen’s central government in Sana’a and the majority of the northern governorates.

Update and Assessment: February 24, 2015
By The Editors , February 24, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

Yemen Order of Battle
By Charles Caris, February 23, 2015

The Yemen Order of Battle (ORBAT) describes the structure and placement of the Yemeni Armed Forces down to the brigade level.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 23
By Alexis Knutsen, February 23, 2015

Ma’rib tribes joined in the call to establish an alternative capital in Aden and announced their support for the recently resigned Yemeni president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. President Hadi fled to Aden this weekend after being held under house arrest by the al Houthis in Sana’a.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 20
By Alexis Knutsen, February 20, 2015

Yemen’s political factions remain at odds with the al Houthis, who continue to control the central government, despite reaching a preliminary deal.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 17
By Alexis Knutsen, February 17, 2015

A group of political leaders announced they would seek to establish an alternative capital in Aden or Taiz should the al Houthis continue to control the Sana’a-based central government.

Update and Assessment: February 17, 2015
By The Editors , February 17, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

Profile: Ahmad Umar (Abu Ubaidah)
By Sam Cleaves, February 17, 2015

Ahmad Umar, also known as Abu Ubaidah, is the emir of al Shabaab. Al Shabaab spokesman Ahmed Abdi aw Mohamed announced Umar as the group’s leader on September 6, 2014, after a September 1 U.S. airstrike killed former al Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi Godane.

Why America's Yemen policy is failing
By Katherine Zimmerman, CNN Opinion, February 13, 2015

There is no easy strategy for success in Yemen. But one thing is certain: A partnership with the Houthis— who prefer to run the country as puppet masters from the wings, infiltrating rather than controlling the Yemeni military and governmental institutions—is not the answer.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 13
By Alexis Knutsen, February 13, 2015

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) carried out a successful attack against one of the largest military installations in southern Yemen and reportedly stole weapons and materiel before turning control over to local tribesmen. The Yemeni military does not currently have control of the base.